2006 Middleweight Sportbike Comparison: Honda CBR600RR Vs. Kawasaki ZX-6R Vs. Suzuki GSX-R600 Vs. Suzuki GSX-R750 Vs. Triumph Daytona 675 Vs. Yamaha YZF-R6 - The Un-Comparo

Redefining Middleweights

By Brian Catterson, Photography by George Roberts

Specs

2006 HONDA
CBR600RR
PRICE
MSRP $8999 as tested

ENGINE
Type l-c inline-four
Valve arrangement dohc, 16v
Bore x stroke 67.0mm x 42.5mm
Displacement 599cc
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive chain
CHASSIS
Weight (wet) 431 lb. (196kg)
Weight (dry) 402 lb. (182kg)
Rake 24.0 deg. Trail 3.74 in. (95mm)
Wheelbase 54.7 in. (1389mm)
Seat height 32.3 in. (820mm)
Fuel capacity 4.8 gal. (18L)
SUSPENSION
Front 41mm inverted cartridge fork
adjustable for spring preload, rebound
and compression damping
Rear single shock adjustable for
spring preload, rebound and
compression damping

PERFORMANCE
Horsepower 105.6 @ 13,250 rpm
Torque 44.8 lb.-ft. @ 10,750 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile*h 10.87 sec. @ 128.54 mp
0–60 mph 3.39 sec.
Top-gear roll-on 3.80 sec.

Fuel mileage
(average)

41 mpg

Performance with test-session weather conditions corrected to sea-level stand-ard conditions (59 degrees F, 29.92 in. of mercury).

2006 KAWASAKI
ZX-6R
PRICE
MSRP $8899 as tested
ENGINE
Type l-c inline-four
Valve arrangement dohc, 16v
Bore x stroke 68.0mm x 43.8mm
Displacement 636cc
Compression ratio 12.9:1
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive chain
CHASSIS
Weight (wet) 431 lb. (196kg)
Weight (dry) 404 lb. (183kg)
Rake 25.0 deg. Trail 4.20 in. (107mm)
Wheelbase 54.7 in. (1389mm)
Seat height 32.3 in. (820mm)
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal. (17L)
SUSPENSION
Front 41mm inverted cartridge fork
adjustable for spring preload, rebound
and compression damping
Rear single shock adjustable for
spring preload, rebound and
compression damping

PERFORMANCE
Horsepower 111.4 @ 13,000 rpm
Torque 48.2 lb.-ft. @ 11,000 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile* 10.84 sec. @ 129.86 mph
0–60 mph 3.37 sec.
Top-gear roll-on 3.89 sec.
Fuel mileage
(average)
39 mpg

Performance with test-session weather conditions corrected to sea-level stand-ard conditions (59 degrees F, 29.92 in. of mercury).

2006 SUZUKI
GSX-R600
PRICE
MSRP $8799 as tested
ENGINE
Type l-c inline-four
Valve arrangement dohc, 16v
Bore x stroke 67.0mm x 42.5mm
Displacement 599cc
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive chain
CHASSIS
Weight (wet) 438 lb. (199kg)
Weight (dry) 411 lb. (186kg)
Rake 23.8 deg. Trail 3.82 in. (97mm)
Wheelbase 55.1 in. (1400mm)
Seat height 31.9 in. (810mm)
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal. (17L)
SUSPENSION

Front
41mm inverted cartridge fork
adjustable for spring preload, rebound
and compression damping
Rear single shock adjustable for
spring preload, rebound and
compression damping

PERFORMANCE
Horsepower 109.3 @ 13,500 rpm
Torque 44.1 lb.-ft. @ 11,750 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile* 10.85 sec. @ 129.52 mph
0–60 mph 3.48 sec.
Top-gear roll-on 4.01 sec
Fuel mileage
(average)
36 mpg

Performance with test-session weather conditions corrected to sea-level stand-ard conditions (59 degrees F, 29.92 in. of mercury).

By Brian Catterson
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